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Solar Flares Spread

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For this round of the Tarot Blog Hop, our wrangler is Joanne of Cosmic Whispers Tarot.  Being a space buff, she challenged us to think about the Sun and/or Mercury, and wondered where that would take us.  While I could just have looked at the Sun card, I like the challenge to learn a little while I’m having fun, so I decided to research solar flares.  I thought they’d make a great inspiration for a tarot spread.

Solar flares happen when there is a build up of energy in the sun, which then shoots out.  Sometimes, large lumps of mass get spewed out at the same time, but in every case, lots of energy and radiation pours forth.  This energy and radiation can affect the earth, depending on which way the active sun spot is pointing at the time of the solar flare.  One the one hand, these can create flashes and auras that may be visible, even with the naked eye, though that isn’t always the case.  On the other hand, the radiation can be hazardous or damaging, both in terms of irradiating people in aircraft or spaceships, damaging satellites and other stuff we’ve put into space, and even knocking out earth-bound long range communications and power grids.  These solar flares still can’t be predicted by scientists, but they do know solar flares always originate in especially active areas of the sun.

From all of this, I distilled the science down to a tarot spread 😀

1) Where in my life is there a lot of energy right now?

2) How can I direct this energy outward?

3) What disruptions might this cause?

4) How can this energy illuminate the world?

As ever, I thought I’d try this out for myself.  The Prisma Visions Tarot (James Eads, 2015) felt like a good match for this spread, filled with swirling energy as it is.

BF-PrismaVisions-6P1) Where in my life is there a lot of energy right now? – Six of Pentacles

It’s interesting, just last week I was asked to write my occupation on a form.  Of course, this happens fairly regularly, but I often struggle with it.  I could put “stay-at-home-mum”, or “tarot reader”, or “magical life coach“, or “business administrator”, or “teacher“, or “author“, or “deck creator“, or “small business owner”, or “student”.  Most times, I tailor what I put to who I’m filling in the form for.

This card reminds me that all the possible occupations that I actually feel connected to and passionate about are focused on sharing: sharing knowledge, sharing a sense of connection, sharing energy.  The business bits are adjuncts, they are what I need to do in order to be able to do what I love to do.  The really imporant stuff is the sharing: sharing the fruits of knowledge from that lovely tree, sharing the abundance of a life lived with a spiritual focus, sharing a sense of playfulness 😀

BF-PrismaVisions-8S2) How can I direct this energy outward? – Eight of Swords

What an interesting card to get in this position, given the person looks very closed in.   As I’ve mentioned before, this card is one I will often look at when deciding whether to buy a deck.  I really like how, in the Prisma Visions version, the swords are all lined up in a row in front of the person, and between them and a deep chasm.

Traditionally this card speaks of being trapped by our own assumptions and ideas.  This version asks us whether those assumptions may sometimes protect us from something that is too big for us to deal with all at once.  The person is sat behind the last two swords, and can easily walk around them, or even just turn to face the other way and walk away from the abyss.

That abyss is important, though.  I may not want to plunge right into it, but perhaps I can take a peek at it.  Not entirely leaving behind the ideas that structure my life, yet opening up to at least a little of that immensity.  And by so doing, maybe I can encourage others to do the same, to step a little way out of their preconceptions, a little way out of their comfort zone.  We can share this journey, little by little.

BF-PrismaVisions-KP3) What disruptions might this cause? – King of Pentacles

Now this card I get straight away!  Isn’t this an interesting version of the King of Pentacles.  On the one hand, he’s very clearly taken the bull by the horns, willing to take on the challenge.  On the other hand, he’s upside down, quite literally reversed.

Trying to put myself out there more – exploring the abyss, and sharing with others – I have to be more focused on the business side of life.  And while I’ve worked in business for decades, running my own business in a professional way (especially as it’s a heart-centred business), is very challenging for me.  It’s like I know what I ought to do, but I struggle to actually do it.  This masterful energy, confidently riding the bull, is not something that comes naturally to me.  And so trying to do it is disrupting my normal routines, and changing my self-understandings.

BF-PrismaVisions-PC4) How can this energy illuminate the world? – Page of Chalices

What a lovely card to end on 🙂  This Page is nourishing an energy creature from his chalice, sharing emotionally even when it’s scary.  Being emotionally open with others isn’t always easy, and nor is finding a way across the abyss of past fears and negative patterns.  Yet, both are very worthwhile.  And doing so can help others to face the same or similar issues.

So, even if I have to conquer the bull of commerce, this is something that is worth doing.  Sharing, emotionally and intellectually, serves a higher purpose, and will hopefully create connections with and for others.  That’s all I could hope for…

I’d love to hear if you give this spread a go – please let me know in the comments.  And now, let’s all hop on to the next post and see what other ideas this theme has prompted 🙂

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29 Responses to “Solar Flares Spread”

    • Thanks, Aisling! I think the Prisma Visions is wonderful, and it also has the cool factor of having each suit create a picture when laid out in a line. And yes, they do offer some quite different interpretations, while sticking close enough to the RWS to be readable out of the box 🙂

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    • Ha ha, yes! I enjoyed your “I don’t like the sun” post, and what a great spread 😀

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  • That’s so funny — I struggle with what to write down when someone asks me my occupation too. Lovely spread, I am going to try this one soon!

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    • I think there are less and less people who fit just a single job description these days, and certainly if you do anything entrepreneurial (which I know you do)! Hope you enjoy the spread if you give it a go, Vickie 🙂

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  • Wonderful spread and a very insightful reading. In my experience the teachers who develop themselves alongside their students are the most inspirational teachers because besides sharing knowledge they also share their soul

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    • Oh, that’s beautifully put, Ellen! Certainly, I like to think of teaching as a sharing and shared experience 🙂

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  • The Six of Pents was a perfect card for you as you provide a service to others, not just in the “telling”” but in physically showing the “how” too. That was an interesting card to draw for how to direct the energy! Though I can see you gently offering folks a map around those firmly planted swords. 🙂

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    • I hadn’t thought of that, Bev. It’s true, a mix of different ways of sharing is always most effective in teaching: showing, telling, and getting people to try things for themselves 🙂

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  • Oh solar flares, the result of mixing it up with the crowd! Relationships can produce these flares, which are great opportunities to grow and transform. The Phoenix is rather like a solar flare, in a way. Sometimes we need to experience the extreme in order to bring things back into balance. I love the spread!

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    • Ha ha, I hadn’t thought of solar flares happening when we relate to others, or the link to the phoenix, what interesting thoughts, Olivia!

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  • Love you Solar Flare take on this. Will definitely try out the spread (when I next have some energy) 😀

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  • Love your interpretations here. And a cool take on the sun discussing flares. It’s also nice to get to know this deck’s images; it’s really nice.

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    • It’s a gorgeous deck, Siobhan! Glad you liked the interpretations, too. I love decks where there is enough for it to be easy to read out of the box, but also enough to take you in different directions, if you feel like 😀

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  • Moonstone

    What a fabulous spread, thank you for sharing 🙂 I shall have a go at that one. I agree the Visma Prisms is full of swirling energy and life in its quiet, understated way. I do like this deck. BB

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    • Hi Helen, it’s still my favourite new deck of the year – it’s just so clever, and I love the colour palette, too, as well as the variety in the images 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the spread if you gave it a go!

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    • He’s fabulous, isn’t he? Very different – definitely not staid or stick-in-the-mud. Very physical 😀

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    • It is great seeing what totally different things people come up with, isn’t it? 😀

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  • Fantastic spread! Will certainly be adding this to my layout list.
    Also thanks for the Prisma Tarot reference and info – its a gorgeous deck and now on my wishlist.

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    • Tee hee, what would a blog hop be without some spreads and some deck enabline?! 😀

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  • This draw is so appropriate for where you are now. And a great way to use the physics of the sun to inspire the metaphors for your spread.

    I pulled cards from my Robin Wood (easiest to reach) and came up with:

    Q of W, Devil, 2 of S, Hermit.

    Most interesting. The Tarot seems to be saying that my creativity, visibility, and leadership power are where it’s at. In order to get this energy off the surface I need to resist the temptation to try to take everything with me. Time to take off any internal shackles, quit bouncing off the various magnetic protrusions on the sun and get on with it. But, ah-ha, the disruptions in getting stuff done and out there include getting stuck on defending my expertise to myself instead of risking putting my wisdom out there, which is what the last card is about: Hello numerological birth card! The Hermit carries a star, a sun, to shine the light for others to find their way. Wow. Thanks, Chloe!

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    • Wow, I love your cards and interpretation, Joanne! Oh, that Two of Swords/Hermit mix makes so much sense to me, definitely been there. Your light is worth shining, so I hope you’ll let the Queen of Wands have her way with you, and see if you can even enjoy the limelight a little 😉

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